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Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

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Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Maldives

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Maldives has always lived in my mind like a place of paradisiacal beauty destined for honeymooners only. Is it because the media promoted it like that? Maybe! However, Maldives is not for honeymooners only and I am glad that I had the chance to experience holidays in the Maldives with friends!

I was in Paris when I got the invitation from my friend, Michelle from Travel Junkie Diary, to join her in an exciting trip to the Maldives. To be honest, I didn’t believe that an invitation like that would ever come my way, because you know, some things are just too good to be true. Nevertheless, when I came back home to Vienna, Michelle and I started getting into the details about our next travel adventure on a luxury private island resort called Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. My wish to escape the cold winter in Europe has been heard.

Flying over Maldives with Fly Dubai treated us to a bird’s eye view of the islands, sandbars, and lagoons. In addition, the views were a hint of how beautiful the following days would be. What I’ve been seeing in travel brochures for the longest time was unfolding in front of my eyes.

When we arrived at Malé International Airport, we were picked up and transferred by a private yacht to the private island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi in the Maldives. Once my feet touched ground on this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, I knew I would love it forever. I can list a million reasons why I love this place so much like nothing else in the world, but words will never be enough to describe the beauty of this private island resort and how it made me feel. I hope that at least the pictures in this blog post will give you an idea, but I still need to add here that the whole experience was just unreal and beyond any expectation.

More photos here… ♥

Weekend in Athens

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The last weekend of October I found myself in Athens much earlier than expected thanks to #theathensworld team who invited me to celebrate the World Cities Day together with them and many other Instagrammers. Once I arrived at the Athens International Airport, the taxi driver brought me directly to Kolonaki where I had dinner with the whole group who had gathered there. The next day, on October 31st, began at The Museum of Cycladic Art and after that we walked around the city center and headed to Plaka where several street events and celebrations of all kinds were happening at different spots around the city center.

Here are a few travel tips, that were also included in our program, if you plan to visit Athens:

Niceneasy (Bio restaurant), Salon de Bricolage (Bar restaurant), City Bistro, Balux Cafe (Cafe Restaurant), the oh so fabulous ARK (Bar restaurant) where I had the best cocktail in my life called Shibuya Martini, and of course you want to go to Lukumades.

and here is a video with a small interview that I gave to MTV Greece.

The weekend in Athens was just awesome. The weather could have been a little bit warmer but nevertheless I had a great time, made new friends, and ate the best food. Sunday was a free day, so I had the chance to see friends and family again. The highlight of the whole trip, I have to confess, was the taxi driver who picked me up from the airport. He is the person you want to wait for you in the airport! He was very kind and had nice stories to tell and I have been told that he brought the other guests to the Lykabettus, once they landed in Athens, so that they can get a first impression of the capital from above.♥

In Miami with Austrian Airlines

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Have you ever heard of that saying: once a year go somewhere that you have never been to before? Miami was that place for me this year. But Miami was not just one more travel destination; it was a once in a lifetime experience. Miami was another world, a new one and very different from Vienna. The language, currency, weather, people, landscape, architecture, everything was so different and I think that is what makes a city fascinating. At least to my eyes.

Within 6 days I tried to make the most of it, and explore the city the best I could because the truth is that I don’t know if I will ever get back to Miami, for which of course I wish, especially now that I know some persons who live there. For that reason, I made a list of things to do in Miami before I got there to be sure that I will not miss anything that I shouldn’t miss. Therefore, my stay in Miami wasn’t actually holidays and relaxing. It was more sightseeing, going from one place to another, taking pictures all the time, many pictures from the sunrise till the sunset. It wasn’t an easy task as I was not familiar to the city and I didn’t know where and what to shoot (so many options) but I managed to take around 2.500 photos. Some of them will be published on The Viennese Girl blog and there are already many photos on Instagram. Plus, the blogger counterpart from Miami and I had three challenges to complete which you can read more about at My Austrian Blog.

Together with a pink bicycle I explored Miami South beach, big and the most touristy area, and for the other part of the city, the less touristy, I used Uber and had friends give me rides in their car. One thing to mention was that, to my surprise, I felt pretty safe. I felt safe going around Miami Beach with my bicycle despite my initial thoughts and concerns caused by the fact of being there alone. I‘ve been to America two more times in the past, but I was always together with friends.

Overall, I would love to return to Miami, especially to that period of time, when it’s cold in Europe and warm there. I am both glad and grateful having had the chance to experience and fly with Austrian Airlines on their first flight to that city. On the way back to Vienna, I had the honor to experience the business class for the first time in my life. Oh, gosh! If the business class is like this, so comfortable and pleasant, I wouldn’t mind flying around the globe twice drinking champagne above the clouds…♥

Pythagorio

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When I get to the beach, I always look for a sun bed close to the water because I like listening to the sound of the waves. When I enter the sea, I see small fishes around me which bite me over and over again. If I don’t stay until late by the beach, I head to Pythagorio for afternoon strolls and after that to Two Spoons, which is my favourite cafe in the whole island. I always order fresh lemonade and profiteroles. The best profiteroles ever. No surprise if I get some extra kilos while on holidays in Greece because you can’t say no to food here and in the evening we usually end up in a taverna eating Greek salad, fried potatoes and other delicious treats. In the meantime, I try to snap some shots for The Viennese Girl blog.

There are many bars, restaurants, cafes in Pythagorio. My favourite cafes are Two spoons and Enigma. Look for them if you ever get to Pythagorio, which I wish you do.♥

Spring in Vienna

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I had the perfect afternoon light and the perfect flowers in front of me. Fortunately, I also had my camera with me. I spent about one hour taking photos of those gorgeous peonies in Burggarten the other day and wouldn’t mind to spend one more hour if I didn’t had to get to an appointment. I spotted them unexpectedly although I can recall, they were there, at the same place, last year as well. If you see the peonies in Burggarten, you cannot just ignore them and walk past. Don’t say that I was the one who was taking pictures of them. They must be one of the touristic attractions on spring in Vienna, I guess. Sadly enough, they will wither soon but then we will have the flowers in Volksgarten, if my memory doesn’t fool me from last year.

Paris, je t’aime

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Paris, je t’aime is the ideal blog title for this blog post. I couldn’t imagine a better title that matches so perfectly with those pictures. On my last visit to Paris, I got to discover more hidden streets and neighborhoods around Trocadero, Le Marais and Saint Germain. I avoided the big noisy boulevards like The Avenue des Champs-Élysées for example. Those picture were shot next to Trocadero in a very quiet neighborhood, a place I visited twice. The first time with my friend Anastasia and the second time alone. The goal was actually to discover streets with view of the Eiffel Tower where tourists usually don’t go. And in the pictures above you can see what I found. It was a very quiet neighborhood and I have to admit that I got extremely jealous of the people who live there. I saw them entering the building and I was asking myself: how is life when you have Eiffel Tower in front of you sparkling for 5 minutes every hour, every night?

Paris, je t’aime, I Have Always Loved You.♥

Stadtpark

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As you can tell from the photos above, not so many people go for a walk in Stadtpark when it’s freezing cold outside. This time, on my walk in Stadtpark I encountered just an Asian tourist couple and few other persons. Of course, there were also the ducks and pigeons, that didn’t seem to be happy with that cold either. When in summer people lay down on the grass and you can hardly find a bench which is not occupied, in winter the scenery changes and on days like those we are going through this week, the biggest park in the center of Vienna turns into a wonderland and I absolutely enjoyed my leisurely walk and realized that the park is beautiful anytime of the year.

Extra tip: if you are around there, don’t forget to visit the restaurant Meierei im Stadtpark.

Breakfast at Motto am Fluss

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As I spend these days, day after day, in libraries in front of the screen of my computer, hidden behind a pile of books, doing some research on Italian cinema and trying to write a thesis, I thought I should spoil myself with a rich breakfast and headed straight to that place next to the Danube canal which is called Motto am Fluss before heading to the library. Saying that, it’s obviously not my favorite way of spending my days, my cell phone attracts my attention and I cheat a little bit looking at photos on Instagram (I hope the professor doesn’t read this).

Breakfast at Motto am Fluss is always a nice experience, I usually order pancakes with fruits, homemade rosemary lemonade, and chocolate croissant with almonds, and all tastes super delicious but do you know what I like most? Their logo!! Yes indeed, I find it really cute. All in all, a place to visit again and again. ♥

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Why to New York

I have that feeling that everybody believes that Manhattan (NY) is the coolest place to live and the coolest place to visit on the earth. To be honest, that’s why I visited the city 2 years ago. Not because I wanted to visit the city, but I wanted to find out what’s special, I wanted to see for myself what is that all these people are talking about. There must be something, I suppose.
Whilst I was there, living in a hotel next to Times Square, I tried to spend those 10 days making the most of them. Here are the photos and list of the things I’ve seen. I was running all day from one sight to the next. All people there run anyway, each one for his reasons.

Lately I had a conversation with a friend of mine who lives in Manhattan for a long time. He told me that his friend came to New York to look for a job but he thinks it’s hard to find one. At that point, the same question came up to my mind again. Why to New York? I still try to figure out what’s so special…Is there something special there or they make us believe so? My friend who lives there told me that New York rocks. He said it’s very practical, there are a lot of resources and his mom said that the city is very well designed. I told him that I don’t find Manhattan practical, I think it is a chaos, there are crazy people running all day, noisy, dangerous, and extremely expensive. He then said that it has good hospitals and supermarkets!!

Eh? Is that a reason to live in a city?
Then he continued saying that people there are overstressed and think wrongly, especially about dating (Sarah Jessica Parker tried to resolve that problem but it seems that the problem still exists…it is an eternal problem)…this is a place for ambitious people, he added in the end and then he had to go.

The discussion is to be continued…

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